Student Assistance Information
The Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health & Wellness provides assistance and
support for students who are away from the campus for a minimum of three class days due to illness, personal or family emergencies. A note will be circulated to the
student's professors advising the professor of the absence. The student is also encouraged
to contact his/her professors to make arrangements on any missed work.
To utilize this service, the student or family member needs to complete the Request
Instructor Notification for Absences Form. In some cases, if a student is unable to
return to one or more of their classes, the Student Assistance Team can be helpful
in determining the best course of action. Students or family members should contact
the office at 610-436-3086 to discuss their options.
For other incidents or behaviors of concerns, the Assistant Vice President works in conjunction with the CARE Team to provide outreach to students when concerns
for their health, welfare and safety are identified. Please complete the Concerning Incident or Behavior Form to provide notification to the Assistant Dean.
If you have any questions, please call Dr. Kimberly Chestnut, Assistant Vice President at 610-436-3086, or Christy Lanshe at 610-436-0165.
If the situation is an emergency, please call Public Safety at 610-436-3311.
Dr. Kimberly Chestnut
Dr. Chestnut is pleased to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health & Wellness, providing direct student assistance on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs
and overseeing Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Wellness
Promotion, and Center for Women and Gender Equity. Kimberly has a background in health
education, human sexuality, psychology, and diversity leadership. She is excited to
work with West Chester students and is committed to helping them succeed. West Chester
University is well resourced to support student health, safety, and success. You are
encouraged to call on any department for support information and contact Kimberly
if she can be of help.
Christy joined West Chester University in 2008. Since 2010, she has been a member
of the Student Health Services team, overseeing the front desk operations for the
demanding clinic, and is a proud advocate for student success. In the office of Student
Assistance, she is a point of contact for individuals who are in need of support when
they are absent from class three or more consecutive days, due to a reason or concern
of an appropriate matter. She works closely with the Assistant Vice President to ensure
the proper channels are selected to notify professors when necessary. She is approachable,
friendly and a confidential/trusting source. She enjoys seeing the students thrive
throughout their years at WCU and wants them to have a great college experience.
Christy's trainings and certificates include: Mental Health First Aid USA, LGBTQA
ally, Faculty/Staff Green Dot Bystander for Sexual Assault Prevention, and TRANS 101
to further her knowledge and awareness to confirm her commitment to understanding
and supporting Transgender/Non-Binary students at WCU. She has also participated in
a Rainbow Connection Leadership Conference as a moderator.